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   101. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 27, 2018 at 04:39 PM (#5680392)
DIDI!!!!

Not for a home run, but for a great game-ending snag and throw that restores the Yankees' edge in the loss column.

   102. rconn23 Posted: May 27, 2018 at 04:42 PM (#5680393)
#99. Indeed. It's amazing Betances got out of it - pleasantly surprised. And Yankees win! They have the best record against teams with winning records.

They needed this one. Verlander vs. German tomorrow. Yikes.
   103. Bote Man Posted: May 27, 2018 at 04:44 PM (#5680394)
Alex Putterman @AlexPutterman
Altuve after Thursday's game: .306/.357/.403
Altuve three days later: .332/.378/.469
   104. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 27, 2018 at 04:45 PM (#5680395)
Meanwhile, Guriel makes an unworldly stop of a potential walkoff scorcher to keep the Astros alive after their bullpen had blown a five run lead in the bottom of the ninth.
   105. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 27, 2018 at 04:46 PM (#5680396)
The Astros bullpen implodes in bottom of 9th as Indians score 5 to tie game 8-8, going to extras. Last out came on a hard smash snagged by the 1st baseman, or the game would have been over.
   106. Bote Man Posted: May 27, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5680397)
The excitable Tom Hamilton on the Indians broadcast was praising Mike Scioscia for "resting" Ohtani instead of pitching him against Tanaka because "that's a really major deal and teams don't need that". WTH is he talking about? That's exactly the kind of huge draw teams welcome!
   107. Blastin Posted: May 27, 2018 at 05:18 PM (#5680399)
They needed this one. Verlander vs. German tomorrow. Yikes.


Worked out pretty well the last time, as Ken Giles's face knows.
   108. Baldrick Posted: May 27, 2018 at 05:25 PM (#5680400)
Betances back in the circle of trust and he promptly walks the leadoff batter in front of Trout. Fire this pitching staff besides Severino and Chapman into the sun.

The Yankees have a team ERA+ of 111, but sure go ahead.
   109. Howie Menckel Posted: May 27, 2018 at 05:26 PM (#5680402)
I didn't know, or forgot, that 1960 NL MVP Dick Groat has/had a great-nephew named Brooks Koepka, the reigning U.S. Open golf champ who is wrapping up a runnerup PGA Tour finish this weekend
   110. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 27, 2018 at 05:33 PM (#5680405)
From RAB's game recap:

The three-run third inning rally started with the hardest hit ball in MLB so far this season. Aaron Judge opened the inning with a 119.9 mph (!) opposite field single. Hardest hit ball in baseball this season and the hardest hit ball to the opposite field since Statcast became a thing in 2015. Pretty cool.


Also, Sir Didi is now on a 4 for 70 snide ... eek.
   111. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 27, 2018 at 05:39 PM (#5680406)
Astros - Indians heading to the 13th. Still early, no rush.

EDIT: Gattis solo shot, his 2nd HR of the game, makes it 9-8 Astros heading into the bottom of the inning.

EDIT II: Tied again on Yonder Alonso HR.

EDIT III: On to the 14th. Stretch again.
   112. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 27, 2018 at 05:47 PM (#5680408)
Astros - Indians 8-8 tie is now Astros - Indians 9-9 tie.
   113. Loren F. Posted: May 27, 2018 at 06:02 PM (#5680412)
Solid game from Tanaka today. So if he stays true to form, he'll put up another good start and then reel off two or three bad games. I know that a certain amount of inconsistency is to be expected from even elite starting pitchers, but Tanaka is driving me nuts.

As [108] pointed out, the team ERA+ is good, but the expectations for this team are high and so I worry about how the Yankees' rotation matches up against HOU, CLE and BOS. I'm beginning to hope NY trades for Hamels -- especially if Gray is going to be his 2016 vintage instead of his 2017 vintage.
   114. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 27, 2018 at 06:48 PM (#5680422)
Betances back in the circle of trust and he promptly walks the leadoff batter in front of Trout. Fire this pitching staff besides Severino and Chapman into the sun.

The Yankees have a team ERA+ of 111, but sure go ahead.

Except that about a week ago it was 125.

That doesn't mean you "fire" everyone but Severino and Chapman, but let's get realistic.

Tanaka veers between brilliance, the horrors, and 5 or 6 innings of Houdini jobs. He's probably got the best chance of righting himself of all the current undependables.

Gray has put up consecutive 50+ Games Scores exactly once all year, and his average Game Score is an eyerolling 44.

Sabathia is in a freefall after his fine first five weeks. We've seen this movie before.

Montgomery is on the DL.

Germán has killer stuff and could even be a future ace, but it's obviously going to take him time to develop consistent command.

Bottom line is that Severino is the only dependable starter. The others all have the talent to be dependable, and when they're on they're terrific, but in the meantime they're absolutely killing the bullpen through overwork, and it can't help but catch up to them, even if Chapman/Green/Betances keep up their recent performances and Robertson/Kahnle/Shreve bounce back. If they're going to be seriously trying to compete with the Astros and Red Sox, and maybe even the Indians, they're going to have to pick up another two starting pitchers, and not wait until it's too late.
   115. Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2018 at 07:36 PM (#5680432)
The Twins have managed to trade Phil Hughes to the Padres without eating all of the money. For the rest of this year and all of next he was owed about $21-22 M and the Padres are picking up over $7 M of that. Some GCL-quality C going to the Twins. Who would sign Hughes for 2/$7? Who would do it if they could wait another week and be in the pool to get him for $500 K?

There really is no such thing as a sunk cost as long as AJ Preller runs a team.
   116. Bote Man Posted: May 27, 2018 at 07:41 PM (#5680433)
For those who truly want to be entertained by baseball, Sando Pabloval, a.k.a. Kung Fu Panda, is making his first start ever at second base for the San Francisco baseball-playing Giants. He played an out or two at second base in a weird situation a while back, and that was it. Mild-mannered reporter Kelby Tomlinson isn't hitting and Buster Posey is sitting again so Pablo is the Great Experiment tonight.

Pop up a BIG bag of popcorn for this one, folks!
   117. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 27, 2018 at 08:06 PM (#5680436)
The Twins have managed to trade Phil Hughes to the Padres without eating all of the money. For the rest of this year and all of next he was owed about $21-22 M and the Padres are picking up over $7 M of that. Some GCL-quality C going to the Twins. Who would sign Hughes for 2/$7? Who would do it if they could wait another week and be in the pool to get him for $500 K?

The Padres also get the 74th pick in the June draft, a Competitve Balance pick from the Twins. It's basically buying a draft pick and getting Phil Hughes thrown in.
   118. Howie Menckel Posted: May 27, 2018 at 08:19 PM (#5680439)
Sabathia is in a freefall after his fine first five weeks.

that can't be. I questioned his peripherals at that time here, and was told that lalalala nothing to see here. I figured that was the end of it.
   119. Bote Man Posted: May 27, 2018 at 08:25 PM (#5680441)
PABLO SANDOVAL INFIELD SINGLE.

REPEAT: PABLO SANDOVAL INFIELD SINGLE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
   120. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 08:27 PM (#5680443)
Tyler Chatwood remains trash.
   121. rconn23 Posted: May 27, 2018 at 08:44 PM (#5680444)
Sabathia will be fine. He was always going to fall back down to earth from being elite. He's a real good back of the rotation guy at this point.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are hitting absolute rockets off Blach.
   122. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 08:49 PM (#5680445)
Always smart strategy to walk the opposing pitcher to lead off the inning after your team pulls even.
   123. rconn23 Posted: May 27, 2018 at 08:57 PM (#5680449)
Baseball is so crazy sometimes. Chatwood walks the bases loaded with no outs and then gets out of it facing the middle of the order.
   124. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:21 PM (#5680461)
Baseball is so crazy sometimes. Chatwood walks the bases loaded with no outs and then gets out of it facing the middle of the order.


But then, in a Final Destination-like outcome, he loads the bases the very next inning, in part because he walked the .050-hitting opposing pitcher for the second time in two innings.
   125. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:24 PM (#5680464)
Looking at his career numbers, it would seem that the walks haven't been a major issue for Chatwood in his career, but he's averaging about a walk an inning this year. I haven't followed him closely, but it seems like the only reason his ERA isn't way worse is that he's somehow managed to work around a lot of these walks.
   126. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:36 PM (#5680476)
Not to be outdone, Blach loads the bases on three walks, throwing just two strikes over those at-bats, then strikes out the next two guys on six pitches total.

And it's up to Heyward.
   127. Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:37 PM (#5680477)
Blach walks the bases loaded and the Fox genius wants Schwarber and Russell to swing at the first pitch. Uh-huh.
   128. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:39 PM (#5680478)
Sigh.

At least Alfonso Soriano went through stretches where he seemed almost impossible to get out.
   129. Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:42 PM (#5680480)
The Padres also get the 74th pick in the June draft, a Competitve Balance pick from the Twins. It's basically buying a draft pick and getting Phil Hughes thrown in.

Who pays $7 M for the 74th pick? Hey, Tyler Chatwood was the 74th pick!
   130. cardsfanboy Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:42 PM (#5680481)
Milwaukee is tied with Houston for the third best record in baseball, while playing in a division in which the fourth place team has a better record than the first place team in the NL West or AL Central. Not sure how I feel about this upcoming four game series against them, they are smoking hot right now.
   131. Howie Menckel Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:48 PM (#5680483)
Chatwood and Blach - not exactly Koufax and Drysdale anyway - combine to surrender 12 H and 8 BB while getting only 17 combined outs in 3 IP

OBP well over .500 - and it's only 3-3. 2 bases loaded, 0 out chances blown - also a bags loaded, 2 out

the word "clutch hitting" has yet to be uttered
   132. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:50 PM (#5680485)
This game is turning into a clinic on how to squander ample scoring opportunities.
   133. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2018 at 09:55 PM (#5680487)
Jesus Christ, walking the opposing RELIEF pitcher.
   134. Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2018 at 10:06 PM (#5680492)
Lots of free advertising for Chicago chains.
   135. Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2018 at 10:25 PM (#5680523)
Can we get LaStella into the AS game in the "bench player" role?
   136. Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2018 at 10:26 PM (#5680526)
There's the (hopefully still) magical 8th run
   137. Bote Man Posted: May 27, 2018 at 10:44 PM (#5680546)
Lots of free advertising for Chicago chains.

Let's not forget about Bedford Park, now with less rail service (it's CSX)!

In fact, looking at Google Maps' depiction of Bedford Park it appears that it is not so much a town, but an incorporated railroad yard and industrial park. Very clever!
   138. Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2018 at 10:49 PM (#5680553)
By the way, my sincerest apologies to Fox Sports and its affiliates. It was ARod, an ESPN genius, who I belittled in #127.
   139. Bote Man Posted: May 27, 2018 at 11:02 PM (#5680582)
Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs
A-Rod is leading "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" from his broadcast position in the bleachers. He is being lustily booed.
   140. Howie Menckel Posted: May 27, 2018 at 11:09 PM (#5680594)
updating 131: final tally for the SPs was 13 H, 9 BB, 17 outs

and ARod is both Fox and ESPN
   141. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 27, 2018 at 11:37 PM (#5680605)
In fact, looking at Google Maps' depiction of Bedford Park it appears that it is not so much a town, but an incorporated railroad yard and industrial park. Very clever!


Pretty much. I grew up a few miles from there, and never saw a domicile.
   142. Bote Man Posted: May 28, 2018 at 01:38 AM (#5680627)
This is too good to be lost to the mists of time:

Dan Szymborski @DSzymborski
15 July, 2014
RT @BrettKimbrell: Dan Szymborski. He is NOT an accredited analyst and he is an ass to any of his Twitter followers. Good riddance!

Dan Szymborski @DSzymborski
28 May, 2018
Just an update on this old tweet. I still have not passed any baseball analyst accreditation exams to get my sabermetrics medallion, so I'm still an illegal baseball analysis shop and any quotes I make may be seized by the government and sold at auction.


Voros McCracken @VorosM
Replying to @DSzymborski
We should have like a "Knighting" ceremony or something: "By the power vested in me by my parents' basement, I now pronounce you a fully accredited sabermetrician."
   143. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 28, 2018 at 12:33 PM (#5680669)
updating 131: final tally for the SPs was 13 H, 9 BB, 17 outs


I saw that Chatwood took 88 pitches to get 8 outs, that would be a 297 pitch complete game pace. Oy vey!
   144. Bote Man Posted: May 28, 2018 at 02:07 PM (#5680706)
Tony "Two Bags" Rendon doubles down and hits one into Section 72 for an Earl Weaver memorial 3-run homer to start the scoring for this game in the 3rd inning at Oriole Park. The Boz sez that Orioles pitchers get scared with men on so this was an entirely predictable result. YMMV.
   145. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 28, 2018 at 02:12 PM (#5680708)
and ARod is both Fox and ESPN
No, no, a fox had nothing to do with it.
   146. Bote Man Posted: May 28, 2018 at 02:55 PM (#5680714)
Gio Gonzalez through 6 scoreless innings in Baltimore. His ERA drops to 2.15 so far.
   147. Bote Man Posted: May 28, 2018 at 03:23 PM (#5680728)
Noted AA hitter Juan Soto has another 2-hit game against the Orioles.
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